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Mike & Miguel’s restaurant closes, but new restaurant soon may open in its spot

Published: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 9:55 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – Mike & Miguel’s Cantina and Grill, a local hangout and Mexican restaurant in Geneva, has closed, but a new restaurant may take its place soon.

Ellen Divita, economic development director for Geneva, said the restaurant closed two or three weeks ago, but someone already has applied for permits to open what Divita believes to be another restaurant. The building is at 308 Anderson Blvd. in Geneva.

Mike & Miguel’s opened in 2003 as a carry-out eatery and expanded in 2004 to include a dining area. The restaurant was known for its authentic Mexican fare paired with American dishes.

City Administrator Mary McKittrick said the owners of Mike & Miguel’s sold the business to new owners, who hope to open a business soon.

Divita said overall, 2012 was a healthy year for business activity in Geneva. She said the city’s downtown went from a 15 percent vacancy rate to a 9 percent vacancy rate. She said 83 new businesses opened in Geneva in 2012, 37 of which were in downtown Geneva. At the same time, numerous businesses expanded, Divita said.

She said many of the new or expanded businesses in the downtown area are restaurants or bakeries.

“We’ve had a lot of restaurant development in the last few years, and we’ve had a lot of bakeries that are really unique,” she said. “We’ve become foodie heaven.”

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